Peanut butter production is an underrated but profitable business in Kenya. Small-scale production has been on steady growth, especially in areas where peanuts grow in plenty like; Busia, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Kakamega, Kwale, Kilifi, and Tana River. At Nyagah Mechanical Engineering, we offer solutions to farmers who seek to produce peanut butter locally.
Peanut butter is a popular spread made from ground peanuts. It is a good source of protein, healthy fats, and various vitamins and minerals, including; vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. There are many varieties of peanut butter available, including smooth and crunchy textures, as well as flavored options like honey or chocolate.
Peanut butter production typically involves several steps, including:
- Cleaning and sorting: Raw peanuts are first cleaned and sorted to remove any debris or foreign materials.
- Roasting: The cleaned peanuts are then roasted to develop their flavor and reduce their moisture content. This step is typically done using dry roasting, where the peanuts are heated in an oven without any added oils or fats.
- Grinding: The roasted peanuts are then ground into a paste using a grinding machine. The resulting paste is typically coarse and dry.
- Mixing: Sugar, salt, and other ingredients are added to the peanut paste to improve its taste and texture. Vegetable oils may also be added to make the peanut butter smoother and easier to spread.
- Homogenization: The mixture is then homogenized, which means it is passed through a high-pressure system to break down any remaining clumps and create a smooth, creamy consistency.
- Packaging: The finished peanut butter is then packaged in jars, cans, or other containers for distribution and sale.